Has the time finally come for a five-toed dress shoe for men? A fine Italian-inspired FiveFingers model just might make its way to the market in 2013 ... if we're lucky.
Today's news comes from a release related to the 2013 Pitti* that includes the lone photo (seen above) of a potential Spring 2013 Vibram FiveFingers model presumably for men called the FiveFingers Capri. Constructed with a shiny leather upper and traditional, professional shoelaces, the Capri is looking like it will be the dressiest toe shoes ever made.
Meanwhile, the Capri features a sole that first made its appearance this past Spring (but not in the United States) via the FiveFingers Sorrento (Stay tuned for a review on the Sorrentos from Robert, who snagged a pair via a European retailer).
Here's the press-release from Vibram.com — note the language used reads a bit like a translation (presumably from Italian):
The new models of spring summer collection, on show at Pitti Immagine 82 (Florence, July 19-22), collection HALL CAVANIGLIA, BOOTH 28B:
- The model "Capri" is the ideal choice for who loves spending time outdoors: the top quality upper in full grain leather, the holes located on the fingers to enhance breathability, the full leather lining and the classic lacing system for easy fit, makes these shoes make the indispensable ally when the mercury rises considerably.
- From the Naples island to the exclusive French coast: "Nizza" is a shoe that was born for relax moments, to enjoy strictly in comfort. Made of soft full-grain and full leather lined, this model presents the “indianino” stitching with fringe, which makes it particularly suitable for a female audience.
Oh and what's the mention of the FiveFingers Nizza? Well, given the strange translation (What is "indianino"?) and the indication it's for women, your guess is as good as mine.
What do you think about the FiveFingers Capri? Would you pick up a pair and wear them with slacks to work? Want them in black?
I definitely want a pair. I've gotten to wear around some pre-production Sorrentos over the last few months and find them to be comfortable and stylish. I dig the sole design you get with the Sorrento (and Capri) which is probably slightly less ground feel than a pair of KSOs with incredible (better than KSO/Classic) toe flexibility. I get a ton of positive comments on them and I think we really missed out in the U.S. by not carrying the line. That said, there has to be retail demand for these styles of FiveFingers to make them a reality.
* It's about this time every year when two events transpire that hint of five-toed things to come. The first is called the Pitti Uomo Italy around mid-to-late July, and the second is the Summer Outdoor Retailer in Utah at the beginning of August. While I've never been to either of these annual events, the "OR" trade shows always showcase not only upcoming FiveFingers models (the Fall 2012 FiveFingers were first seen at the Winter Outdoor Retailer) but also upcoming minimalist shoes. So we're likely to see a lot more exciting news in the coming weeks. If anyone wants to fund my trip to OR, email me! :)